Volunteer in Ecuador, undoubtedly one of the most geographically diverse places to visit in the world.

    Volunteering in Ecuador

    Despite being the second-smallest country in Latin America, Ecuador boasts a multitude of contrasting landscapes. In one day, you can journey from black water lagoons of the Amazon basin, across glaciated Andean volcanoes, through dense tree canopies in the cloud forest to arrive at the Pacific coast. The ever-increasing urban populations of Ecuador have had a negative impact on these beautiful landscapes and their respective wildlife populations. Education and conservation projects are working to protect these resources as well as support the indigenous communities that are being pushed to the side by urbanisation.

    Kaya’s projects in Ecuador range from rehabilitating animals at a Wildlife Centre in the Amazon to providing education to child laborers in an Outreach Programme in the capital of Quito. If you have experience in the healthcare sector, you can support indigenous communities on our Public Healthcare Placement in Riobamba. We’re thankful to report that Kaya’s projects in Ecuador were unaffected following the earthquake in April 2016. Participants are still being accepted and their efforts are needed more than ever to help support the local economies after this disaster.

    In your free time in Ecuador, explore the vibrant capital city of Quito. Located high up in the Andes, it boasts an exquisite, colonial centre and stunning 16th century cathedral. Hop aboard the sky tram up to Pichincha volcano for spectacular views over the mountainous landscape. Don’t miss trying the local dishes of ceviche (raw fish marinated in citrus juices) or humitas (corn dumplings).

    Weekend activities won’t disappoint in Ecuador! Adventurers can climb the country’s highest peak, Mount Chimborazo, or go paragliding or biking in the cloud forests of the Andes. Take a trip to Mindo, a small town enveloped in forested mountains, where you can hike to dramatic waterfalls. If you fancy extending your trip, visit the majestic Galapagos Islands, inhabited by creatures that you are unlikely to see anywhere else in the world!

    For more suggestions on what to do in Ecuador, read our blog: ‘An Ultimate Bucket List for those visiting Ecuador’.


    Here are some important facts about Ecuador

    • Population 15,868,396 / July 2015 estimate
    • Language -Castilian Spanish (official language) 93%, Quechua 4.1%, other indigenous 0.7%, foreign 2.2%
    • Religion – Roman Catholic 74%, Evangelical 10.4%, Jehovah’s Witness 1.2%, other 6.4%, atheist 7.9%, agnostic 0.1%
    • Currency – US Dollar (USD)
    • Climate – tropical along the coast and in Amazonian jungle lowlands, cooler in the inlands, especially at higher elevations


    Human rights and girls’ empowerment volunteering in Quito
    Human rights and girls’ empowerment volunteering in Quito
    Veterinary Internship in Ecuador
    Join us as on this veterinary internship in Ecuador and contribute to improving the welfare of wildlife while developing your CV/Resume
    Fair Trade Internship in the Amazon Rainforest
    Join our Fair Trade Internship in the Amazon Rainforest at a unique tea project doing sustainable economic development, cultural preservation and conservation.
    Amazon Rainforest Wildlife Rescue in Ecuador
    In partnership with a local indigenous family that lives in the Amazon rainforest, this centre rehabilitates wild animals from the jungle that were victims of abuse and animal trafficking.
    Sustainable Economic and Community Development in Ecuador
    Volunteer in Ecuador on an economic and community development initiative to help families preserve their values, culture and environment and create sustainable livelihoods.
    Medical Spanish Language Course
    We’ve got the perfect program for medical students and professionals who want healthcare experience abroad.
    Learn Spanish in Ecuador
    By learning Spanish in Ecuador you will be immersed in the language as well as experiencing the wonderful culture.
    Turtle and Marine Environmental Conservation and Education in Ecuador
    Volunteer on this turtle, sharks and marine research, conservation and education project on the Pacific Coast of Ecuador to protect habitats and species.
    Health and Medical Internship in Ecuador
    This health and medical internship in Ecuador will give medical, biology and science students insights into issues in global health, traditional medicine and medical practice.
    Spring Break Volunteering on a Sustainable Community Project in Ecuador
    Spend your Spring Break volunteering in Ecuador and support 50 families to preserve their cultural identity and community.
    Rural Public Health Volunteering in Ecuador
    If you are interested in community development with a health focus then this rural public health volunteering placement is perfect for you.
    Integrated Music, Dance and Art Therapy for Children with Special Needs
    Volunteer and use your creative skills on this integrated therapy project for children with disabilities and learning difficulties in Ecuador.

    Easy 3-step application process

    APPLY ONLINE Click here to apply online and pay your deposit to secure your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.

    TELEPHONE INTERVIEW Once we’ve received your application, we’ll be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.

    GET PREPARED When you’ve been accepted onto your project we’ll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.


    We pride ourselves on providing you high quality placement information throughout your application process and whilst on the ground. Connect with us if you have any questions.

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